Ambition

” . . . the certainty that we are no longer isolated in self-constructed prisons, the surety that we need no longer be square pegs in round holes but can fit and belong in God’s scheme of things – these are the permanent and legitimate satisfactions of right living for which no amount of pomp and circumstance, no heap of material possessions, could possibly be substitutes. True ambition is not what we thought it was. True ambition is the deep desire to live usefully and walk humbly under the grace of God.”
1953AAWS
Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, pp. 124-5

Thought to Consider . . .

The mighty oak tree was once a little nut that held its ground.
AACRONYMS

F I T = Faith, Intuition, and Trust Continue reading “Ambition”

Defects

“What we must recognize now is that we exult in some of our defects. We really love them. Who, for example, doesn’t like to feel just a little superior to the next fellow, or even quite a lot superior? Isn’t it true that we like to let greed masquerade as ambition? To think of liking lust seems impossible. But how many men and women speak love with their lips, and believe what they say, so they can hide lust in a dark corner of their minds? And even while staying within conventional bounds, many people have to admit that their imaginary sex excursions are apt to be all dressed up as dreams of romance.”
1952AAWS
Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, pp. 66-7

Thought to Consider . . .

If I want God to remove my character defects, I’ll have to stop doing them.

AACRONYMS

B A T H = Behavior, Attitude, Thinking, and Habits Continue reading “Defects”

Fear

“Unreasonable fear that our instincts will not be satisfied drives us to covet the possessions of others, to lust for sex and power, to become angry when our instinctive demands are threatened, to be envious when the ambitions of others seem to be realized while ours are not. We eat, drink, and grab for more of everything than we need, fearing we shall never have enough. And with genuine alarm at the prospect of work, we stay lazy. We loaf and procrastinate, or at best work grudgingly and under half steam. These fears are the termites that ceaselessly devour the foundations of whatever sort of life we try to build.”
1952AAWS, Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, p. 49

Thought to Consider . . .

Fear is a darkroom for developing negatives

AACRONYMS

F E A R = Forgetting Everything’s All Right Continue reading “Fear”

Sanity

“Few indeed are the practicing alcoholics who have any idea how irrational they are, or seeing their irrationality, can bear to face it. Some will be willing to term themselves ‘problem drinkers,’ but cannot endure the suggestion that they are in fact mentally ill. They are abetted in this blindness by a world which does not understand the difference between sane drinking and alcoholism. ‘Sanity’ is defined as ‘soundness of mind.’ Yet no alcoholic, soberly analyzing his destructive behavior, whether the destruction fell on the dining room furniture or his own moral fiber, can claim ‘soundness of mind’ for himself.”
1952AAWS, Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, pp. 32-3

Thought to Consider . . .

If you think you have a problem with alcohol, you probably do.

AACRONYMS

D U E S = Desperately Using Everything but Sobriety Continue reading “Sanity”

Fellowship

We were still trying to find emotional security by being dominating or dependent upon others. Even when our fortunes had not ebbed that much and we nevertheless found ourselves alone in the world, we still vainly tried to be secure by some unhealthy kind of domination or dependence. For those of us who were like that, AA had a very special meaning. Through it we begin to learn right relations with people who understand us; we don’t have to be alone any more.”
1952AAWS
Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, pp. 116-17


Thought to Consider . . .

Who we are is God’s gift to us.  Who we become is our gift to God.


AACRONYMS

Y A N A  =  You Are Not Alone.

Continue reading “Fellowship”

Selfishness

“So our troubles, we think, are basically of our own making. They arise out of ourselves, and the alcoholic is an extreme example of self-will run riot, though he usually doesn’t think so. Above everything, we alcoholics must be rid of this selfishness. We must, or it kills us! God makes that possible . . . We had to have God’s help.”
1976AAWS, Alcoholics Anonymous, p. 62

Thought to Consider . . .

The smallest package in the world is an alcoholic all wrapped up in himself.

AACRONYMS

P R I D E = Pretty Ridiculous Individual Directing Everything Continue reading “Selfishness”